Is there an ethical dimension to ‘behaviour’ and its ‘management’ in schools?

(1000 words) Four questions; 1) Behaviour management. Is behaviour really so separate from the rest of children’s learning and children so incapable that it requires us to abandon teaching and manage it? 2) Behaviour policies. Are behaviour and learning so far apart from each other that a school must have separate behaviour and learning policies? 3) Reliance on punishment in schools. Are punishment and coercion […]

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Exclusion – Bursting the Bubble

Reported rates of exclusion are rising inexorably, by as much as 300% in some areas of England. It’s the ‘last resort’ of the behaviour management approach most schools are advised to use. Exclusion is producing a growing strain on limited cash and resources in the education system. There is also an inevitable human cost as school staff find themselves unable to alter the behaviour of […]

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Mental health, hope and action in 2017

  “For action, we need hope. For hope, action.” New year 2016 2016 began with reports of a rising tide of mental distress among children and staff in schools, sustained and rising rates of exclusion, divergent calls for draconian action against children cast as offenders on one hand and for innovation in support of the same children in response to their needs on the other. […]

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